I felt very honored, humbled, and blessed to be included in The Disney Social Media Moms On-The- Road Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday June 25th, 2014. It was held at the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. The resort has a wonderful golf course which holds the PGA Tournament each year. Everyone was very kind and friendly and we were upgraded to a suite!
The next morning, as I checked into the Celebration I was greeted with a goodie bag! I walked around and chatted with many of the Moms and traded business cards. Many of the Moms added prizes with their cards which was a great idea!
Next, we all went into the astonishing Ballroom. It was beautifully decorated with Disney balloons, and photo booths with silly things to dress up in. I was just mesmerized with it all and was trying to absorb everything with the entire electric excitement feel in the air! We had muffins and quiche for breakfast but, I was just too excited to eat!
After breakfast we were welcomed by Michele Hindenburg, the Disneyland Public Relations Director. She spoke about next year being Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary! She proclaimed that on July 17th, 2014 at 10 a.m. PT there will be a very special announcement made to pay particular attention to, about surprises coming up for Disneyland’s anniversary! Also, that play matters at any age and to have FUN! She also gave information about the windows at Disney. Anyone whose name is on a window at Disney Parks it gives them the highest honor. On one window there is a name of someone who lives in Scottsdale and it would be fun to look him up.
Following Michele was Erin Glover, the lead blogger and Disneyland’s Social Media Director. I was able to meet and speak with Erin and she is very special and friendly. I felt as if I knew her my whole life. She talked about writing and to write, write, write! Tell a story! She also spoke about blogging takes planning, gathering, syndication, and content analytics with organization about your story. Only 10% ends up being the blog itself.
The next speaker was Lori Lorenz, the Senior Director, Direct Print Services of HP. I learned I could buy and ink subscription for my HP printer! The ink would come automatically in the mail since my printer knows how much is left! Technology really is moving forward quickly.
“A picture is worth a thousand words!” Our next speaker of something I love to do, take pictures. Tracy Clark gave us many tips on taking pictures. She taught us it did not matter what camera you have to take awesome pictures. She told us to use lighting, creativity, and the camera view finder to take pictures. I took her advice and took a picture of a couple of acorn palm trees the next day.
The next speakers were recipients of The Huggies Grant for their products: Lisa Cash Hanson, Snugg Wugg; Romy Taorima, Psi Bands; Allyson Phillips, Tilty Cup; Moderated by: Maria Baily
I love all of their products and want to go buy them all! I could use the Snugg Wugg and Tilty Cup for my Grandson and the Psi Bands for myself. I was wearing patches behind my ear for motion and altitude sickness. After these three speakers was Nadine Bubeck who told her story about re-inventing your brand. She also has a new book out.
We had more networking and a special guest. I thought it would be Mickey Mouse but, to my surprise it was Grumpy Cat! We were all able to have pictures with him. He looked a little bit tired. During the Celebration, several times there were door prizes given away! There were suitcases, special personal made products from HP, Blankets, and many more items. I was so happy to win a blue Disney Moms Social Media Moms Celebration blanket! It was a surprise to win something I really wanted! I was just delighted!
HP also made us all DisneySide cards to mail out with our DisneySide picture! They were very special. They also gave all of us a photo card pack. They went over and beyond with the door prizes they made! They were very special. There was even Disney Pin Trading! I liked the one I had so it was a keeper! Thank you to the Sponsors; Disney, Mega Puzzles, HP, and Huggies. Thank you everyone for the joy, excitement, motivation, especially valuable information, and including me in all of the learning and FUN of this wonderful Disney Social Media Moms On-The-Road Celebration! Dreams do come true!